American ‘Karuna’ charged for supporting terrorism in Sri Lanka

April 26, 2007 (LBO) – The United States has charged a senior representative of the Tamil Tigers for supporting a foreign terrorist organization, the US embassy in Colombo said in a statement Thursday. If the charges are proved, the defendant Karunakara Kandasamy also known as ‘Karuna’ faces a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.

œAs alleged in the complaint, for years the LTTE has covertly operated within the United States drawing on America’s financial resources and technological advances to further its war of terror in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, the statement quoted U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf as saying.

œWe refuse to allow this to continue.

The US investigation was conducted by the New York and Newark Divisions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), with assistance provided by more than 20 of the FBI’s Field Offices, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of State and several foreign governments, the embassy said.

œFinancial backing, assistance with logistics, and other forms of material support have a direct bear